There was some tremendous news that came through on Wednesday afternoon as the Northwestern football players won their case with the NLRB, allowing college athletes to unionize, thus potentially changing the entire landscape of college athletics, and the NCAA, as we know it.
Not long after the decision was announced, the NCAA issued a statement, expressing their disagreement with the ruling.
“While not a party to the proceeding, the NCAA is disappointed that the NLRB Region 13 determined the Northwestern football team may vote to be considered university employees. We strongly disagree with the notion that student-athletes are employees.
We frequently hear from student-athletes, across all sports, that they participate to enhance their overall college experience and for the love of their sport, not to be paid.
Over the last three years, our member colleges and universities have worked to re-evaluate the current rules. While improvements need to be made, we do not need to completely throw away a system that has helped literally millions of students over the past decade alone attend college. We want student athletes – 99 percent of whom will never make it to the professional leagues – focused on what matters most – finding success in the classroom, on the field and in life.”
This is certainly no surprise, and the journey from here can only get more interesting.